So Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, the defence minister, is the person most Malaysians would prefer as prime minister.
This is according to a survey done by the Merdeka Centre. Commissioned by The Malaysian Insider, it is one of the most talked about stories this week.
Hishammuddin, of course, has said that he will not entertain such a survey and that it is just a ploy to create discord in his party, Umno.
What is interesting is that Malaysia has never had direct elections for prime minister, and Malaysians probably will never have the opportunity to decide the nation’s leader.
Elections in this country have always been about voting for a certain party and never about a particular candidate. And when a survey like this is done, it gets people excited.
Though the survey does not directly result in how the country is governed, I guess it’s just interesting to see how Malaysians would decide if they were able to decide.
In the last general election, the popular vote when to Pakatan Rakyat (51%) as opposed to Barisan Nasional. That shows that the majority of Malaysians want a change in government.
However, this want isn’t reflected in the recent survey because if it was, then the person most Malaysians would want as prime minister would have been from the opposition.
And herein lies the problem. Malaysians don’t really know what will happen if there was a change to the federal government; if the opposition were to win and take over Putrajaya. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]